The ugly but oh so likable Duster is back and better than ever. Dacia has revealed the 2015 version, which brings with it ‘more polish (but no price increase)’ – to quote the Romanian manufacturer.
The 2015 Dacia Duster gets a new front grille and air intakes to improve styling, branded roof bars on all models and black tailgate trim at the back. Higher spec models get new 16-inch alloy wheels, body-coloured door handles and dark metal door mirror casings.
A choice of five new metallic paintjobs are available. The seats, meanwhile benefit from new upholstery finishes, depending on the trim level.
As before, the Dacia Duster comes with a 105hp 1.6-litre 16-valve petrol if you opt for the entry-level Access model. Step up to mid-range Ambiance or top-spec Laureate and you get a 107hp 1.5-litre dCi turbodiesel. Four-wheel drive is available on all trim levels at extra cost.
The 1.6-litre petrol produces 148Nm of torque at 3,750rpm and can manage 0 to 62mph in 11.5 seconds if front-wheel drive and 12.8 seconds if four-wheel drive. Fuel economy and CO2 emissions are 39.8mpg and 165g/km, respectively.
The front-wheel drive version of the dCi offers 240Nm of torque from a mere 1,750rpm and a 11.8-second 0 to 62mph sprint. Hardly the fastest thing on wheels, then, but the 56.5mpg fuel economy and 130g/km (135g/km in four-wheel drive) make up for it.
Access trim includes 16-inch Eiger steel wheels, remote locking, Thatcham-approved engine immobiliser, electric front windows, Emergency Brake Assist, four airbags and body-coloured bumpers.
Ambiance adds Matterhorn 16-inch alloys, satin chrome door handles, manual air conditioning, chrome detailing on the interior, radio and CD player with AUX and USB connections, front fog lights, height adjustable driver’s seat and a 60:40 split rear seat.
Laureate adds 16-inch Tyrol alloys, electric mirrors and rear windows, cruise control, glovebox light, passenger vanity mirror, body-coloured door handles, satin chrome roof bars, scuff plates and side sills and the addition of some leather and piano black detailing for the interior.
An Access 1.6 105 4×2 starts from £9,495. The cheapest dCi 110 4×2 is £11,995 ─ £2,000 less than the four-wheel drive version. Atop the range is the Laureate dCi 110 4×4 at £15,495. All come with a three-year or 60,000 mile warranty.